Measuring Financial Fragility in China

Ahn, Kwangwon, Dai, Jacqueline B., Kim, Chansoo and Tsomocos, Dimitrios (2015) Measuring Financial Fragility in China. Saïd Business School Working Paper.

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This paper proposes a metric for a financial fragility index for the Chinese banking sector. This metric is a weighted average of two variables: bank profitability and multiple probability of undercapitalization. The weights of the two variables are assigned based on their effects on real output, estimated by a vector autoregressive model. The main contribution is two-fold: incorporating a capital adequacy ratio into a quantitative measure and aggregating insolvency risk through a multiple probability measure. We confirm that our metric successfully identifies three periods of financial turmoil accompanied by economic downturns and rules out one minor perturbation caused by side effect of the policy between 2007 and 2014. In particular, this study provides an economic rationale for the relationship among financial instability, policy, and economic activity.

Item Type: Oxford Saïd Research Paper
Keywords: Chinese economy, financial fragility, insolvency risk, finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 15:20

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